Thornbury Rugby off to a mixed start

September 29 2017
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After four league games Thornbury find themselves fourth in the table having won two and lost two.

After four league games Thornbury find themselves fourth in the table having won two and lost two.  They could, indeed should, have won the two lost games.  However they and league leaders Exeter University are the only teams to have earned a try bonus point in each game.  Thornbury’s try-scoring rate has been impressive, but defensively they have conceded too many. 

Thornbury have fielded a very young side so far.  The Development Squad, last season’s Gloucestershire league and cup champions and their emergence into the senior squad has been much anticipated.  So far this season new head coach Tom Luke has introduced eight teenagers to senior rugby. 

The first game in Bideford and was marred by a second-minute injury to Tim Stephens, an experienced centre and capable goal-kicker.  Despite a hat-trick of tries from Alfie Richardson Thornbury were unable to turn early dominance into points and lost by a score.  The first home game against Launceston, the former National Leagues outfit, saw Thornbury out-score their opponents on tries but pin-point goal-kicking eased the Cornish side to a narrow win.

 Thornbury won at Bridgwater for the first time in the clubs’ history, a more comprehensive win than the 26-19 scoreline would suggest.  They also defeated Gloucester side Matson 46-26 in an outstanding game.  Jake Wood, who turned 18 the previous weekend, scored 21 points in an fine display.